WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules, released the following statement applauding the passage of a legislative package that makes critical reforms to our regulatory system and restores integrity to the Administrative Procedure Act:
“These past eight years of overregulation and excessive overreach from unelected federal bureaucrats has taken a toll on our economy and drained our job market. That’s why in these first weeks of the 115th Congress the House has passed numerous measures to responsibly reform the regulatory process, cut through unnecessary red tape, and give small businesses and American families reprieve from the Obama Administration’s onerous regulatory agenda. I applaud the passage of H.R. 5 because I believe that reasonable, responsible regulations should compensate for the failures of markets and men, and ultimately empower society to achieve more for their citizens than they could without. Yet under the Obama Administration, regulators have disengaged when convenient and used baseball bats where a skilled hand and a scalpel would do, and our economy has paid the price.
“Today’s package takes yet another critical step to addressing the root of the issue that has held back our economy and job market – flawed regulations. Costly and poorly crafted regulations have hindered our ability to harness the ingenuity of the American worker and have created unnecessary roadblocks forcing businesses to scale back their operations. Now, we finally have the opportunity to reverse course and get our country back on track. We must ensure that our rulemaking process reflects the regulatory needs of our nation today, not as our nation was a decade ago. Regulations done well are vital for the success of the nation, but under the Obama Administration we’ve seen how regulations done poorly have crippled our economic future.
“Americans have entrusted us with the responsibility of rebuilding what has been broken over the past eight years and we have the opportunity to make critical changes that will bolster our economy and create a robust job market. I proudly voted for this important measure to put an end to job killing, costly regulations and put Americans back to work.”
To learn more about H.R. 5, Regulatory Accountability Act, click here.
Caroline Boothe, Communications Director